Dr. Phillips Center Receives New $10 Million Gift from Dr. Phillips Charities towards Construction of Third Theater

Gift marks major philanthropic milestone for the Center, now exceeding $100 million

Board Members of Dr. Phillips Charities and the Dr. P. Phillips Center For Performing Arts Announce $10 Million Gift Toward Third Theater. Left to right: Jim Pugh, Don Ammerman, Kathy Ramsberger, Jim Hinson, Linda Chapin, Jean-Marc Allard, Rita Bornstein, Bob Snow and Ken Robinson

Orlando, Fla. – March 29, 2013 – Dr. Phillips Charities presented a new $10 million gift to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (the Center). This gift supports the Center’s campaign to raise an additional $75 million from philanthropy to complete the entire project. The final portion of the project is the 1,700-seat, multi-form theater – the future home of the Orlando Ballet and Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

“We are pleased to increase our commitment to the completion of the Center,” said Jim Hinson, president of Dr. Phillips Charities. “We believed in what it would be for our community in 2006 when we donated $25 million to honor the Phillips family and we continue to believe in it as the first two theaters are taking shape. We’re hoping this additional new gift will serve as a catalyst for other donors to join in the effort to finish the third and final theater for our community, now.”

The gift also marks a major fundraising milestone for the Center, exceeding the $100 million mark committed from philanthropy.

“Thanks to the generous support of Dr. Phillips Charities, our private fundraising now totals $104 million,” said Kathy Ramsberger, Dr. Phillips Center president. “This represents tremendous momentum for the project and significant progress toward our capital campaign goal. We are truly grateful for their commitment to completion of the project.”

Jim Pugh, Dr. Phillips Center board chairman, added, “We cannot say enough about the immense support we have received from Jim Hinson and Dr. Phillips Charities. Their faith in this project and continued partnership has been invaluable. We can’t thank them enough for their support and their advocacy to others to support the project.” He continued, “We believe this will be a catalyst for even more gifts.”


After the completion campaign was announced, the Center’s fundraising goal increased from $110 million to $165 million. Now, $65 million remains to be raised before completion.

Visit www.drphillipscenter.org to learn more and to get involved with the Dr. Phillips Center.


About the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to developing and operating a new $500 million performing arts center in downtown Orlando, Fla. This public-private partnership is funded by the City of Orlando, Orange County and private donors. Situated on a nine-acre site, the performing arts center complex will include: an amplified theater, a multi-form, acoustical theater, a community theater, educational facilities and a public performance plaza. Future plans also include mixed-use urban development. Inspired by the pillars: Celebration, Education, Participation and Destination, this mission-driven Center will be Central Florida’s destination of choice for arts, cultural and entertainment programming. The Center opens two of its three theaters in 2014. The Dr. Phillips Center is committed to the City of Orlando’s Blueprint Initiative, a standard for minority/women business involvement and local employment participation. For more information or to see live footage from the Dr. Phillips Center construction webcam, please visit www.drphillipscenter.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About Dr. Phillips Charities

The Dr. Phillips name has been a major economic and philanthropic presence in the Central Florida community since the turn of the 20th century. Dr. Phillips Charities (Dr. Phillips Inc. and The Dr. P. Phillips Foundation) honors the legacy of the Phillips family and its support of organizations that live up to the motto "to help others help themselves." With nearly $14 million in grants and program related investments made in fiscal year 2012 to Central Florida nonprofits, Dr. Phillips Charities continues to respond to the needs of the Central Florida community by directly touching the lives of thousands of children and families each year.

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